Traveling to UK in a few hours - HELP!

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  1. MaHe
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    Something just popped in my mind - UK doesn't use the standard European electricity sockets. However, they DO have similar shaver sockets.
    Can I use these to recharge my PSP/DS/camera/phone? And furthermore, can 10 extra volts fry my DS (whose adapter only supports the voltage up to 230V instead of 240V) - I doubt it, but you can never be too careful?

    And finally, how much do Euro -> UK adapters cost?
     


  2. thegame07

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    [​IMG]you wont fry your ds.
    thats the sockets we use. adapters are really cheap nothing to worry about. Just go to a hardware store in the uk they should have them. I bought one the other day for £3.
     
  3. TLSpartan

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    most electroinics stuff that you buy is in the 100-240V range, always check. pin connectors are alot cheaper then pin and voltage converters
     
  4. thegame07

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    where in the uk are you going. hope you enjoy yourself [​IMG] dont forget your toothbrush. [​IMG]
     
  5. clivefrog

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    you don't really need an adapter, just push down the ground pin with something and then your plug will fit straight in, unless you have a 3 pin euro plug in which case you may need an adapter
     
  6. Youkai

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    clivefrog .... i don't think you can fit this : [​IMG] into this : [​IMG]
     
  7. 111111111

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    Shaver sockets are 1amp only - don't plug any proper electronic equiptment into them.

    EuroBritain travel adapters cost next to nothing - £1-£5 (although if you goto currys.digital/dixons you'd probably pay about £30 for one).
     
  8. MaHe
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    London. [​IMG]

    Thanks for the answers everyone. [​IMG]
    Looks like I'll just have to spend a pound or two extra. Oh well. [​IMG]
     
  9. thegame07

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    watch you dont get lost in london i did and im from the uk [​IMG]
     
  10. clivefrog

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    ummm...yes you can, have you ever tried it?
     
  11. thegame07

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    i have tried its a waste of time the plug just pops out and it does not go in all the way. its kinda dangerous also i have seen sparks coming from the plug when you do it.
     
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    clivefrog u idiot. u are toying with 240V,thegame07 is right. Dont do it MaHe you might start a fire a worse(kill yourself is the worst scenario). spend a couple of bucks MaHe
     
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    it'll go all the way in if you push down the tab inside the socket for the ground pin, if you dont it will pop out or not go in. I used to use a heap of euro stuff when I was living in London, it works perfectly fine.


    the person that showed me how to do it is an a-grade electrician. it's not rocket science
     
  14. MaHe
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    I hope you aren't joking. Well, I'm going to the airport now. [​IMG]
    Thanks again.
     
  15. thegame07

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    when you get back tell us if you liked it or not [​IMG]
     
  16. dice

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    travel is very expensive in london, especially if you're not in education (and even if you have your own car) [​IMG]
     
  17. Bowser128

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    Why do people still think it's 240V here? It's just not, and it hasn't been for years, it's 230V.
     
  18. Psyfira

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    I was taught in school it was 240v, that was 5 years ago but no-one's told me otherwise since. Not being involved in electronics I (and probably most of the British public) wasn't aware it had changed. (which technically it hasn't, if wikipedia's correct).
     
  19. iamwhoiam

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    we 240V cos we h4rdc0r3
     
  20. Bowser128

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    Yes, but what level of school were you in when you were taught that it was 240V? Before and during GCSE I was told it was 240V, but when I did A-level I was told that that was no longer the case - and it hadn't been for some time (which has since been confirmed by a mate of mine who is an electrician). What a lot of people don't realise is that most appliances designed for 240V (when labelled somewhat correctly) were actually labelled 230-250V, so now the supply is 230V A.K.A 220-240V they will still work, but 240V is not the electricity supply nor the commonly used voltage in appliances any more.